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by bradkaplan
June 11th, 2021, 6:34 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Portugal, Lisbon & Algarve Restaurant & Activities no kids Rec
Replies: 12
Views: 241

Re: Portugal, Lisbon & Algarve Restaurant & Activities no kids Rec

I should add, we loved exploring Lisbon - you can basically walk around the various neighborhoods all day - and the Algarve is beautiful. Infinite options of things to see/do. Here are some more notes I sent a friend a while back: Algarve – the cliff top hikes and/or ½ hour grotto boat rides around ...
by bradkaplan
June 11th, 2021, 6:23 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Portugal, Lisbon & Algarve Restaurant & Activities no kids Rec
Replies: 12
Views: 241

Re: Portugal, Lisbon & Algarve Restaurant & Activities no kids Rec

If you do a day trip to Sintra, we combo'd that with a visit to Viuva Gomes winery - must do if you ask me. We hired a private driver/guide who was happy to accommodate. Just enjoyed a bottle of 1969 from them a couple weeks ago that I brought back. Stunning wines. For tinned fish, visit Conserveira...
by bradkaplan
June 1st, 2021, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty & Rowdy Summer Pre-Release
Replies: 31
Views: 1584

Re: Dirty & Rowdy Summer Pre-Release

Added to CT ya bums ; )
by bradkaplan
May 26th, 2021, 12:53 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Martha's Vineyard: Seaweed's wine bar/restaurant
Replies: 0
Views: 273

Martha's Vineyard: Seaweed's wine bar/restaurant

Happened upon this cute little place in Oak Bluffs, crazy good natural wine list - we had a couple from Claire Naudin, but there were so many things I would have loved to try - old Peter Lauer sparklers, a few Belluard vins des Savoie, Souhat magnum?, Raising Gaulois 3L??, plenty of fun lower priced...
by bradkaplan
May 26th, 2021, 12:33 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: A Couple Nights in Boston
Replies: 7
Views: 672

Re: A Couple Nights in Boston

Just back from a few days there and around, nothing you won't hear from others - but yes, go to Neptune (get the johnnycakes!), and Row 34 for oysters is great as well. Ditto for B&G - those are the kinds of places I want when in Boston. We were in line with a long wait for Coppa and ended up go...
by bradkaplan
May 16th, 2021, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thursday Throwdown: Krug, '69 Colares, '70 Haut Brion, '70 PdB, '71 BW, '98 E. Pepe, '98 Hiedler, '02 Mugnert Gibourg &
Replies: 18
Views: 921

Re: Thursday Throwdown: Krug, '69 Colares, '70 Haut Brion, '70 PdB, '71 BW, '98 E. Pepe, '98 Hiedler, '02 Mugnert Gibour

Gomes made some really killer Colares in the 1960s. I love the 69 and 65 in particular. I have some notes scattered on the site. I think I have some 1960 left. They age glacially. Glacial is right, this has decades to go... such fascinating wines. Wish I had brought home more from our visit, though...
by bradkaplan
May 14th, 2021, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thursday Throwdown: Krug, '69 Colares, '70 Haut Brion, '70 PdB, '71 BW, '98 E. Pepe, '98 Hiedler, '02 Mugnert Gibourg &
Replies: 18
Views: 921

Re: Thursday Throwdown: Krug, '69 Colares, '70 Haut Brion, '70 PdB, '71 BW, '98 E. Pepe, '98 Hiedler, '02 Mugnert Gibour

Killer lineup. The whites stood out simply because they each got a bit more time to shine relative to the avalanche of amazing reds that hit the table. That gruner was absolutely my favorite wine of the night, which is shocking in that lineup, and the 71 auslese such a joy to have in the glass. Real...
by bradkaplan
May 7th, 2021, 6:02 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 2021 Travel
Replies: 46
Views: 2508

Re: 2021 Travel

FYI, I bought our ticket to Croatia on delta and promptly set a price alert on google flights for that specific route. I have twice now called and had them rebook under lower prices (e-credits going to my delta account for future use). At least on this route, the fluctuations are crazy - as low as $...
by bradkaplan
April 30th, 2021, 4:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1621
Views: 107150

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

J&V D Vaillons - The '14 is quite nice, if '17 is similar it's well worth the price - but correct, not the "right" D
by bradkaplan
April 25th, 2021, 4:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 744
Views: 53581

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Damn. Missed it!
by bradkaplan
April 20th, 2021, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia
Replies: 45
Views: 3352

Re: TN: 2005 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia

So what you are suggesting is that it is time to tee up my last 2002? I was holding it until 20 years out so I have to keep my hands off until next year, but it looks very promising. Thanks for the note. I find these excellent with food. Did you have it with food and, if so, what would you recommen...
by bradkaplan
April 19th, 2021, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia
Replies: 45
Views: 3352

Re: TN: 2005 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia

Back to the '05, really singing now, but... IT NEEDS AIR! Anyone tasting within the first hour or two even isn't get the most out of this wine.
by bradkaplan
April 16th, 2021, 2:12 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: source | material 011 1970s Zamrock and 2020 German Riesling!
Replies: 3
Views: 405

Re: source | material 011 1970s Zamrock and 2020 German Riesling!

Never heard of The Peace! But kind of love it, and yes, totally riesling material.
by bradkaplan
April 13th, 2021, 2:05 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 2021 Travel
Replies: 46
Views: 2508

Re: 2021 Travel

Croatia booked for late June and hoping it sticks. Replacing the trip we were planning to take last summer. Damn I hope the world can see the world again.
by bradkaplan
April 6th, 2021, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 9872
Views: 805068

Re: de Negoce offer

I keep reading the pinot offers and keep being intrigued... until I see the % ABV. 14.5% pinots and me just don't get along.
by bradkaplan
April 1st, 2021, 7:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Issues with Grassl glasses breaking?
Replies: 91
Views: 4407

Re: Issues with Grassl glasses breaking?

This is so funny - I have major distrust issues with my dishwasher, which has broken mugs and normal drinking glasses, can't even imagine tempting fate by putting a Cru in there!
by bradkaplan
March 30th, 2021, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another great < $20 Italian White TN: 2018 Tamellini Soave Classico Le Bine de Costiola (Italy, Veneto, Soave Classico)
Replies: 4
Views: 284

Re: Another great < $20 Italian White TN: 2018 Tamellini Soave Classico Le Bine de Costiola (Italy, Veneto, Soave Classi

Thread drift... anyone have experience w the wine clubs from Roscioli in Rome? I wonder if they might uncover a good number of locals-mostly gems.

(Edit: just looked, basically no customization beyond level, so probably not ideal for going after certain interests)
by bradkaplan
March 22nd, 2021, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: A Super Sunday: Egly, '88 Leflaive, '94 LDH(x2), '05 Patty Green!, '10 Fourrier, '05 Lambrays, '83 Fritz Haag x2
Replies: 19
Views: 954

Re: TNs: A Super Sunday: Egly, '88 Leflaive, '94 LDH(x2), '05 Patty Green!, '10 Fourrier, '05 Lambrays, '83 Fritz Haag x

Great notes, Dennis, thanks! The Patty Green was crazy good. Also first time trying Elgy-Ouriet and loved it, really exceptional champagne. The LdH's were in great shape, the Tondonia seems to have legs for a longer life than the Bosconia (and still far from peak!), those wines were really constantl...
by bradkaplan
March 17th, 2021, 4:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1621
Views: 107150

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

$160 is steep, but it is a back vintage five years out from release, and an excellent vintage at that. Not buying, but not surprised by the price. (I scored a '15 last year for $82 from a restaurant reducing inventory)
by bradkaplan
February 23rd, 2021, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Jean et Sebastian Dauvissat 1er Vaillons
Replies: 7
Views: 458

Re: TN: 2014 Jean et Sebastian Dauvissat Chablis 1er Vallons

Funny story, too - I bought a few of these from a restaurant selling off inventory, but I was thinking it was Vincent D when I made the purchase on their website! I thought I was getting a crazy good price, and even emailed them to tell them it seemed too good to be true, but even still am happy wit...
by bradkaplan
February 23rd, 2021, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Jean et Sebastian Dauvissat 1er Vaillons
Replies: 7
Views: 458

Re: TN: 2014 Jean et Sebastian Dauvissat Chablis 1er Vallons

I'm a fan (of the vieilles vignes, assuming the same) - my note last year was "Meadows' note is spot on. On the rich side with great acidity and minerality that really shines on the long finish." For reference, Meadows said: "... dried orchard fruit, iodine and lemongrass suffused nos...
by bradkaplan
February 22nd, 2021, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rioja
Replies: 56
Views: 3094

Re: Rioja

Man I love the value Rioja brings, in particular for aged wines (red and white, thank you very much Lopez de Heredia). This prompted me to look up my "average vintage" by region in CT - which is both an indication of what I buy/drink AND also what's being released - my California avg is 20...
by bradkaplan
February 22nd, 2021, 4:10 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: *Flannery Beef* Back Again!
Replies: 227
Views: 13981

Re: *Flannery Beef* Back Again!

This is some good a$$ beef. Already went through one of my 130-day age rib eye, 2 hangers, 2 NY Strips and 1 Berserker Hamburger. So glad i loaded up on this stuff. The NY Strip is my daughter's favorite (she didn't get any of the rib eye!) . Need to try the reverse sear method next. So far I've on...
by bradkaplan
February 17th, 2021, 3:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Giovanni Almondo Roero Arneis Bricco delle Ciliegie
Replies: 3
Views: 300

Re: TN: 2016 Giovanni Almondo Roero Arneis Bricco delle Ciliegie

Gotta follow up to say I'm halfway into this bottle and it would be a perfect "house white" - can drink this all day, easy drinking but plenty of intrigue at a great price (I got it on WineAccess with a few stacked deals that made it less than $15 all in).
by bradkaplan
February 17th, 2021, 3:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Asimov on vintages
Replies: 69
Views: 4049

Re: Asimov on vintages

Serious naive question - who are the consumers who Asimov is referring to that are slavish to vintage ratings? Mainly Bordeaux collectors? This is such a thin slice of the wine drinker population and certainly doesn't have relevance to the wine drinker that he's typically addressing in things like h...
by bradkaplan
February 17th, 2021, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Giovanni Almondo Roero Arneis Bricco delle Ciliegie
Replies: 3
Views: 300

Re: TN: 2016 Giovanni Almondo Roero Arneis Bricco delle Ciliegie

Drinking the 2019 right now and your notes are pretty much spot on. A delightful value. Great balance of minerality and ripe white-peachy fruit, with a floral nose and a great finish. Crisp but complex.
by bradkaplan
February 16th, 2021, 4:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Asimov on vintages
Replies: 69
Views: 4049

Asimov on vintages

Shocked this hasn’t already appeared on the board, or maybe I missed it... I generally agree with Asimov on this topic, so I’m probably an outlier here in that I rarely use vintage in making purchase decisions, leaning much more towards region/producer/varietal. Thoughts? https://www.nytimes.com/202...
by bradkaplan
February 16th, 2021, 3:56 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: *Flannery Beef* Back Again!
Replies: 227
Views: 13981

Re: *Flannery Beef* Back Again!

Did the hanger steak tonight, turned out fantastic, though I must say I’ve been spoiled by the incredible flavor of the aged New York I had a week ago.
by bradkaplan
February 14th, 2021, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1987 Bodegas Riojanas Rioja Viña Albina Gran Reserva (Spain, La Rioja, Rioja)
Replies: 2
Views: 197

Re: TN: 1987 Bodegas Riojanas Rioja Viña Albina Gran Reserva (Spain, La Rioja, Rioja)

FYI - anyone wanting a bit more info on Riojanas - check out their page on Rare Wine Co. No more of this available, but you can currently get the sister Monte Real Gran Reservas from 98, 01, and 04 for some great prices ($46-$60), or maybe splurge on a 1942 for $795. https://www.rarewineco.com/produ...
by bradkaplan
February 14th, 2021, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1987 Bodegas Riojanas Rioja Viña Albina Gran Reserva (Spain, La Rioja, Rioja)
Replies: 2
Views: 197

TN: 1987 Bodegas Riojanas Rioja Viña Albina Gran Reserva (Spain, La Rioja, Rioja)

Punching above its pay grade if you ask me (and by that I mean the price, not the producer/region!). I paid $45 for this!?! (back in 2012). Great stuff. 1987 Bodegas Riojanas Rioja Viña Albina Gran Reserva - Spain, La Rioja, Rioja (2/14/2021) Damn, this is even better than my last bottle 8 years ago...
by bradkaplan
February 12th, 2021, 11:11 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Grand Reserve World Mastercard - Earn up to 8x Points On BD12
Replies: 216
Views: 13460

Re: Grand Reserve World Mastercard - Earn up to 8x Points On BD12

Thanks Matthew - I just placed an order but honestly don't recall what my filled out form indicated I wanted! I PM'd Chris to clarify what I would like, but if there's a better way to do that, please let us know.
by bradkaplan
February 12th, 2021, 6:00 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Grand Reserve World Mastercard - Earn up to 8x Points On BD12
Replies: 216
Views: 13460

Re: Grand Reserve World Mastercard - Earn up to 8x Points On BD12

Since we are all peppering Matthew with questions, I'm eager to use some points on two Grassl 6 packs - coming soon?

(I should add, I've been happy with everything thus far, sorry to hear others are having issues)
by bradkaplan
February 11th, 2021, 4:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Winter Release
Replies: 43
Views: 2948

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Winter Release

Resistance is futile.
by bradkaplan
February 10th, 2021, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: White wines comparable to Lopez de Heredia blancos?
Replies: 21
Views: 1159

Re: White wines comparable to Lopez de Heredia blancos?

Head nodding on Sao Joao - the Poco do Lobo aged releases in particular. Love them, though they have gotten a lot more expensive (at least here in Atlanta) in past 5 years.

And agreed that Remelluri, while wonderful, is nothing like Lopez stylistically : )

Eager to try the CUNE Monopole Clasico.
by bradkaplan
February 7th, 2021, 7:17 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: *Flannery Beef* Back Again!
Replies: 227
Views: 13981

Re: *Flannery Beef* Back Again!

Well, damn, finally had my first Flannery steak, and all I can say is... as soon as I see another BD-level sale, I am stocking up. Incredibly quality and flavory. Sorry I haven't jumped on the Flannery train earlier.
by bradkaplan
February 2nd, 2021, 5:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia
Replies: 45
Views: 3352

Re: TN: 2005 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia

Pat, I'm guessing those 89 GR notes were entered in CT in error and should have been Reserva. I see the Gilman View from the Cellar feature on LdH from 2009 that refers to an 89 Tondonia Blanco Gran Reserva, but right below that mention it says the most recent vintage of that particular wine (at the...
by bradkaplan
February 1st, 2021, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 3609
Views: 455164

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

Generally speaking, Amex Offers can be used once per login even if they show up on multiple cards on that login. Once an offer is added to a card, it disappears on other cards. In the past there was a way to open multiple tabs, in the same login, to add an offer to multiple cards but I think they s...
by bradkaplan
January 31st, 2021, 3:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia
Replies: 45
Views: 3352

Re: TN: 2005 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia

Had the 06 and 07 both this week - the 06 has improved another notch since my last bottle last year, and it definitely feels more refined/elegant than the 07 - love them both, but 06 has the edge at the moment. Amazing value as ever.
by bradkaplan
January 27th, 2021, 2:02 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Grand Reserve World Mastercard - Earn up to 8x Points On BD12
Replies: 216
Views: 13460

Re: Grand Reserve World Mastercard - Earn up to 8x Points On BD12

Another question - for redeeming points for Grassl glasses, do we just redeem as usual, or is there some kind of special bundle? I filled out the form from Chris on the Grassl glass thread and wasn't clear on how that relates to the redemption on the Grand Reserve site.
by bradkaplan
January 26th, 2021, 8:54 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Grassl Glass / April 6th Update - DELIVERY TOMORROW
Replies: 274
Views: 19316

Re: Grassl Glass

Love Grassl - I plan to order 4 more Liberte with Grande Reserve points once they show up (found the link)
by bradkaplan
January 25th, 2021, 7:50 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Grand Reserve World Mastercard - Earn up to 8x Points On BD12
Replies: 216
Views: 13460

Re: Grand Reserve World Mastercard - Earn up to 8x Points On BD12

It's a very fair point, and represents a whole world of things consumers want/expect without thinking about consequences on the businesses - like Opentable/DoorDash/UberEats/etc which are incredibly bad for restaurants in many ways. I try to avoid using all of those in favor of working directly with...
by bradkaplan
January 16th, 2021, 2:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.
Replies: 1618
Views: 155486

Re: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.

With 21% off and $30 off $120 from Amex, picked up some 2018 Domaine Weinbach Riesling Cuvee Colette and 2019 Domaine Huet Le Haut-Lieu Vouvray Sec, free shipping over $120 makes it a darn good deal.
by bradkaplan
January 8th, 2021, 3:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Fall Release
Replies: 97
Views: 5221

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Fall Release

Just opened my first bottle of the Zin and WOW that is some acid=packed=punch. Some intense floral notes on the nose, not-quite-ripe red plum, some savory herbs in the background. The acidity is bright and deep and lasts for days. So much going on here. I would never guess zin (well, I haven't bough...
by bradkaplan
January 5th, 2021, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1621
Views: 107150

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Intrigued by the Le Petit Domaine Dole Coteaux Bourguignons Rouge, going to grab a few (at $25, sounds like it could certainly overdeliver). "A very new and exciting wine, this is the first vintage from the small Vosne-Romanee producer, Nathalie Vigot's daughter, Marjorie Dole. Majorie is break...
by bradkaplan
January 1st, 2021, 2:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva, Selección Especial
Replies: 23
Views: 1837

Re: TN: 2010 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva, Selección Especial

Interesting notes on CT as well with many diverging around the oak presence - I personally didn't think it felt heavy or out of balance at all, and I am not a fan of oak - I definitely recall bottles of the 904 that turned me off for that reason, but the one bottle of the '10 Ardanza I had felt real...
by bradkaplan
December 29th, 2020, 6:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.
Replies: 1618
Views: 155486

Re: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.

(post fixed) Any thoughts on this new one? The oak / fruit / body estimates are all maxxed out, not sure if that is intriguing or worrisome. $24-30 a bottle. 2018 Giving Kitchen Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 750 ml Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 United States Napa Valley Maayan Koschitzky is the man behi...
by bradkaplan
December 26th, 2020, 5:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva, Selección Especial
Replies: 23
Views: 1837

Re: TN: 2010 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva, Selección Especial

Had the same ('10) last night, really nice wine in a good spot, glad I grabbed several.

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